Monday, January 30, 2012

Factory #66 1943

The journals for the Hercules Diesel truck engine are being precision measured.

Much hand polishing during the inspection process to reveal any defects, I did the same thing with the Cadillac cam shafts while working in Bay City Powertrain. The previous link shows assembled cams which I also worked on overtime.

Cleaning out the oil gallery's with compressed air.

More hand polishing and inspection.

Looks like the crank is almost ready for packing. Buick also cast the engine blocks for this engine. 
Heat treating on the Hercules crank.

I can't see enough detail to determine whether this shows grinding - polishing or balancing on the Hercules Diesel crank shaft.

Buick At It's Battle Stations

Factory #66 Demolition

Factory #66

Factory #01 Roof Trusses

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Demolition View 2012

Looks like somebody stormed the old Division Street gate off of Hamilton Avenue.

Leonard Thygesen says: Looking south from Stewart Ave. That is all that is left except a small portion of the high bay which was the aluminum foundry. I think they park the equipment there at night. I'm sure when I left Monday (January 16, 2012) afternoon, those two structures came down quickly . Also the building that was just north, and attached to 03 is still intact. They are also sucking the nasty stuff out the water process holding units. PHEW! Really nasty stuff.

Another view showing demolition of factory #05 and #10.

Looking north with factory #31 totally gone now. This site originally had factory #16 running along Industrial Avenue (at the left) until factory #31 was built in 1940. Old factory #66 was also still standing until late July 2011. Factory #11 would have been off to the right. It also fell to demolition in July 2011. Those are factories #05 and #10 in the distance along Stewart Street. These photos come from Leonard Thygesen who does the fine documentaries on film of the demise of Buick and other factories in Flint, Michigan.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

War Work 1943

This shows the front and rear of the M-18 breach block after undergoing machine work in factory #40 at Buick in Flint. Factory #40 did machine work on many different components during world war II. The year is 1943.

This is the breach block on an M-18 tank destroyer during a recent restoration.